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The Quixotic Search for a Shortstop – Part 2

The Quixotic Search for a Shortstop – Part 2

D'Arnaud -- the best in-house replacement for Cedeno?

The first part of the series took a look at what may be available in the minors.  The second and final part of this series will look at the state of shortstops around the major leagues.   To set the stage a little bit, first think about what your standards are for a major league shortstop.  Good, steady defense at a minimum?  What about hitting?  Would you take a .270 batting average, .340 on-base percentage, and a .410 slugging percentage?  That’s a 750 OPS.  Here’s the entire list of shortstops that qualified with enough at-bats that had a 750 OPS in 2010:

Troy Tulowitzki, COL (949 OPS)
Hanley Ramirez, FLA (853 OPS)
Stephen Drew, ARI (810 OPS)
Starlin Castro, CHC (755 OPS)

That’s it.  If you lower the threshold to ...

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